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"Our heads are still swimming," stated Barbara Schebler of Homosassa, Florida, who received word last Friday that test results on the water from her family's swimming pool showed 50.3 ppm of 2-butoxyethanol, a marker for the dispersant Corexit 9527A used to break up and sink BP's oil in the Gulf of Mexico.
How Feds can say that NO Corexit found nearshore: EPA SETS DISPERSANT SCREENING LEVEL at 750 ppm!
The relative toxicity of Corexit and other dispersants are difficult to determine due to a scarcity of scientific data. The manufacturer's safety data sheet states "No toxicity studies have been conducted on this product," and later concludes "The potential human hazard is: Low." According to the manufacturer's website, workers applying Corexit should wear breathing protection and work in a ventilated area. Compared with 12 other dispersants listed by the EPA, Corexit 9500 and 9527 are either similarly toxic or 10 to 20 times more toxic. In another preliminary EPA study of eight different dispersants, Corexit 9500 was found to be less toxic to some marine life than other dispersants and to break down within weeks, rather than settling to the bottom of the ocean or collecting in the water. None of the eight products tested are "without toxicity", according to an EPA administrator, and the ecological effect of mixing the dispersants with oil is unknown, as is the toxicity of the breakdown products of the dispersant.
Critical Situation Update: Why Are They Still Using Deadly Dispersants If The Well Is Really "Capped"? by Gulf Oil Spill Truth on Sunday, August 29, 2010 at 10:33am
From the beginning this Page* was created largely to bring attention to the inherently Criminal nature of dispersant use in the Gulf. They provide absolutely ZERO benefit for remediation and yet are absolutely indispensable for covering up the nature and extent of the crime that BP perpetuated on life in the Gulf region, both within the water (aquacide) and on shore (chemical assault and/or genocide).
Here's where the story gets complicated. There are actually two versions of Corexit: 9527 and 9500. While both compounds have been linked to a variety of health problems, the first version, Corexit 9527, is particularly toxic. According to its safety sheet, the chemical can cause a wide range of symptoms, including nausea, vomiting, "anesthetic or narcotic effects" and respiratory tract irritation. Extensive or repeated exposure can cause permanent damage to blood cells, kidneys and the liver. See full article from DailyFinance: srph.it...
But first, you mentioned that such activities (continued spraying of dispersants and sinking oil) -- if proven -- would be "illegal." As you stated, sinking agents are not allowed in oil spill response under the National Contingency Plan Subpart J §300.910 (e): "Sinking agents shall not be authorized for application to oil discharges." We would like to know under what laws (not regulations) such activities are illegal and what federal agency or entity has the authority to hold BP accountable, if indeed, such activity is illegal. It is not clear that the EPA has this authority.
Originally posted by ThatDGgirl
Can I change the thread title to
COREXIT Components found in Florida Pool?
HOW TO DO YOUR OWN TESTS 1) Pool resources - Take donations/Sign up volunteers/Send Press Releases 2) Gather samples in BALL Canning Jars (most groceries $10 for 12). Remember to turn the lid upside down so the plastic will not touch the sample. Here is a detailed analysis of the proper procedures to take when acquiring a sample. 3) Document, video, photograph the sampling process. Keep the sample cool (ice) and pack in a well-protected container with multiple ice packs. Send over night to a trusted, independent laboratory. 4) Here is the laboratory we are using: ACT Laboratory Inc (owner Bob Naman) 2869 Pleasant Valley Road Mobile, AL 36606-2737 (251) 479-9205 5) SHARE your results. We are here to help coordinate with you and publish them publically. NOTE: IF you can not find the resources or support in your area, perhaps we can help. We are collecting contacts, information, donations to test other areas in Florida.